HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST MICROTIA SURGEON
Questions parents should ask when looking for a surgeon:
By simply asking the surgeon "Is your practice EXCLUSIVELY dedicated to children with microtia?". This eliminates 99.99% of all surgeons worldwide.
Dr. Bonilla is the only one!
The ideal surgeon is one who exclusively performs surgery on pediatric microtia patients.
If the surgeon has microtia experience he/she should be able to have a very large amount of pictures to share with you.
The vast majority of parents are happy to share their experience with other families who have children with microtia and atresia.
In experienced hands, complications in microtia surgery should be extremely rare. The surgeon should share their experience.
Although microtia surgery is not an exact science, results should be consistently excellent.
Many parents are lead to believe that their surgeons are microtia specialists. The vast majority are either general or pediatric plastic surgeons that perform many other types of surgeries besides microtia surgery.
Children are NOT small adults. Your surgeon should have his/her team of anesthesiologists who have a vast experience with microtia patients. There are airway issues that anesthesiologists should be prepared to handle.
Every surgeon has to start with their first microtia patient. We have all been there. Dr. Bonilla has been exclusively performing pediatric microtia surgery for 25 years.
It takes decades of experience to master just one microtia technique. Be wary of those that say that they perform all techniques and are a “one-stop shop”. This is in addition to their other plastic surgeries such as facelifts, breast augmentations, nose surgeries, etc…